Tycho Brahe and Copernicus Take On the Known Universe


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Which of these people thought that the sun was at the center of the universe?

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1. Which of these people worked to develop more accurate astronomical instruments?

2. According to Brahe, which body did the planets, aside from Earth, orbit?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of Brahe's and Copernicus' contributions to astronomy. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding who believed the sun was in the center of the universe as well as knowing who worked to develop more accurate astronomical instruments.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Who believed the sun was in the center of the universe
  • Person who developed more accurate astronomical instruments
  • Brahe's ideas of planetary motion
  • Characteristics of Ptolemy's epicycles
  • Nature of Copernicus' theory

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the contributions to astronomy from Brahe and Copernicus
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related Brahe and Copernicus lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases and terms such as Ptolemy's theory

Additional Learning

To learn more about the contributions to astronomy from these two men, review the corresponding lesson on Tycho Brahe and Copernicus on Astronomy. This lesson will help you:

  • Define what humanism means
  • Identify the change humanism brought to 16th century Europe
  • Describe what ancient Greeks believed about the stars
  • Know the characteristics and challenges of the ideas of both Brahe and Copernicus
  • Appreciate the foundational works of Brahe and Copernicus to modern astronomy